Kind of Blue - Legends Festival

Our 2019 Legends Festival will take place on: Friday 17th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May.  It is likely that the whole Festival will be held in 1000 Trades, our brilliant venue, in the Jewellery Quarter.

One of the defining moments in musical history was the studio recording Kind of Blue by the jazz trumpeter Miles Davis 60 years ago.  This masterpiece is regarded by many critics as the greatest jazz record and one of the best albums of all time. Its influence on music has led writers to deem it one of the most influential albums ever recorded. In 2019 we want to celebrate this anniversary with a weekend festival on this theme, celebrating the musicians on the record. The Festival will deliver modern interpretations on the 60-year-old classic ‘Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue. The three-day Festival in May 2019 will include a programme of  performances, some free to attend, performed by some of the best jazz musicians of the modern day.

The provisional programme and lead theme is:

Xhosa Cole (2018 Young Jazz Musician of the Year) - Coltrane/Cobb

Nigel Thomas Quartet - Davis

Henry Lowther (on Miles Davis)

Still Waters

Franki Dodwell

Nick Dewhurst - Kind of Blue Tribute

Andy Hague - Adderley

Arnie Somogyi - Kind of Blue Tribute

John Donaldson Hexagonal - Tyner

Kate Williams - Evans

Denys Baptiste - Coltrane (Love Supreme)

Birmingham Jazz gratefully acknowledge the support of: